Topeka High School junior to serve on International Advisory Board

For Immediate Release

Aug. 22, 2013

Mike McLaughlin, Communications Director | Phone: 785.228.5117 | Cell: 816.591.1592

Topeka High School senior to serve on International Advisory Board

TOPEKA, KAN. – Topeka High School junior Elena Blum has been selected to serve on Youth Volunteer Corps’ first-ever international Youth Advisory Board and to represent Youth Volunteer Corps of Greater Topeka on an international level. Blum is one of 17 youths nationally to be selected for the board.

“YVC’s first-ever International Youth Advisory Board will help us ensure that we are doing all that we can to connect youth throughout the U.S. and Canada to quality service opportunities,” said David Battey, president and founder of YVC. “We believe in the power of youth here at YVC, so we look forward to hearing all of the incredible ideas that the board will come up with.”

Blum will serve a one-year term as an International Youth Advisory Board member providing input on all aspects of YVC programming on an international level while also bringing new ideas back to YVC of Greater Topeka. The board will launch at the YVC Summit Oct. 11-13 in Kansas City, Mo. Board meetings will take place remotely once a month after the kick-off meeting.

“I am very excited to represent my community by being on the international board. YVC has made such a big impact in my life and I am very excited to meet the other board members!”

More than 15,000 youth volunteer with YVC each year throughout communities in the U.S. and Canada, and these 17 board members will be representing each of these volunteers on the board.

The local YVC is sponsored by United Way of Greater Topeka.



Youth Volunteer Corps of Greater Topeka’s mission is to promote a lifetime commitment to service among youth by offering volunteer projects for youth ages 11 to 18 on Saturdays, after school, in school and during the summer. YVC of Greater Topeka is one of nearly 30 affiliates of Youth Volunteer Corps, headquartered in Kansas City. YVC engages young people from diverse backgrounds in service projects helping the community.


United Way brings together people, companies and nonprofits to create positive sustainable change in our community. By focusing on education, income and health, we help more children graduate and get stable jobs, help families become financially stable and improve the overall health of our community. United Way remains dedicated to Basic Needs including food, shelter, rent and utilities, health and prescription access and safety from domestic violence.

For more than 80 years United Way of Greater Topeka has been improving and changing lives. Since 1980, United Way has invested more than $105 million into the community.